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Anna Zheng | Mar 06, 2018

Business Travelers' Guide To Shenzhen 2018

Coming to Shenzhen?

Whether it is for a factory tour of suppliers....

...or to meet with one of many giant tech companies, millions of travelers flock to Shenzhen every year to do business.

The city can be a daunting place to visit, especially for first-timers, but by following the guide below, business travelers can make their trip as stress-free as possible and make their most of their time in Shenzhen.

Here is your guide to Shenzhen!

Guide to Shenzhen

Getting To Shenzhen

Shenzhen is easily accessed by airplane, ferry, or train. Business travelers should consider where their final destination is in Shenzhen when choosing which mode of transport to take. If you arrive at the opposite side of the city than you need to be, you may end up spending as much time travelling across town as you did to reach Shenzhen in the beginning.


  • Shenzhen Bao’an International Airportis located in the north-west of the city in Bao’an district. The majority of the flights running in and out of the airport are domestic, but there is an increasing number of international flights appearing including destinations such as South Korea, Malaysia, Singapore, and Thailand.


  • Shenzhen Railway StationThe Shenzhen Railway Station predominately services passengers coming from the nearby cities of Guangzhou and Dongguan. With the station situated at the Luohu border, many travelers arrive there and then cross into Hong Kong by foot.


  • Shenzhen North Railway StationLocated in Longhua, Shenzhen North Railway Station is where the high-speed trains arrive and depart. Business travelers coming from and going to other regions of China will need to use this station.


  • Shekou Ferry TerminalMany passengers take advantage of the Shekou Ferry Terminal, which connects with Macau, Zhuhai, and both Hong Kong Island and Hong Kong International Airport on Lantau Island.


Where To Stay In Shenzhen

As Shenzhen is such a sprawling city, business travelers should carefully consider which areas they will need to visit during their trip before choosing whereabouts to stay. Below are some of the top-ranked hotels in each major district of the city.


  • The St. Regis Shenzhen, LuohuOccupying the 75th to 98th floors of the 441m tall KK100 skyscraper is The St. Regis Shenzhen. The building is the 14th tallest in the world and offers arguably the most breathtaking view in the city. Social All Day Dining is the perfect setting to entertain business clients, while heading to The Drawing Room if in need of a late night cap.


  • The Ritz-Carlton, FutianFutian is at the center of much of the most entertaining nightlife that goes on in Shenzhen. There are a number of luxury hotels in the area including the Sheraton Shenzhen Futian and Hilton Shenzhen Futian, but The Ritz-Carlton comes highly recommended. The hotel boasts six restaurants and bars, with the international buffet of Flavorz a highlight.


  • Hilton Shenzhen Shekou, Shekou – The area of Shekou is popular with business travelers due to its close proximity to Hong Kong by ferry and its lively nightlife area of Seaworld. The Hilton Shenzhen Shekou offers unrivalled views of the sea and is a five minute walk away from Seaworld.


  • JW Marriott Bao’an, Bao’anLocated in the north-west of the city, Shenzhen Bao’an International Airport can sometimes take over an hour to reach from Luohu and Futian during rush hour. Consequently, business travelers who have an early flight to catch may wish to take a night’s stay at the JW Marriott Bao’an, which is situated by the airport.


  • Sheraton Dameisha Resort, DameishaFor business travelers who find they are remaining in Shenzhen over a weekend or national holiday, they may wish to take a trip to the nearby Dameisha beach. The Sheraton Dameisha Resort offers the best location in an area you would scarcely believe was a part of a city like Shenzhen.


  • Mission Hills Shenzhen, Guanlan – The resort is located more than an hour’s drive north from the city center, but business travelers who love to play golf may consider making the trip. The twelve course golf facility is the largest in the world and includes courses designed by the likes of Jack Nicklaus and Ernie Els.



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Where To Eat And Drink In Shenzhen

Those looking for somewhere special to go for a business dinner or a few drinks after a long day of factory visits, are advised to head to either the Futian or Shekou districts. Below is a guide to where to eat and drink in Shenzhen.


Arguably the liveliest area in all of Shenzhen when it comes to nightlife, Futian is full of restaurants serving authentic international cuisine and bars that are busy till late in the night.

  • HaxnbauerGerman food and beer are popular amongst Chinese, but rarely is it done so well as at Haxnbauer. This authentic German restaurant is situated in the Coco Park area and recommended for dinner or drinks.
  • Braceria Pugliese – is an authentic Italian restaurant and wine bar. Their menu features a great selection of pasta, snacks and, of course, truly Italian pizza!
  • MamboLocated in the up and coming area of Shuiwei in Futian, this Mexican restaurant & bar is constantly introducing new fusion flavors and keeps going untill the early hours of the morning.
  • MashThere is a lot of competition for the best gourmet burger in the city, with Baia Burger Concept running a close second, but Mash in Shuiwei has built a reputation as the king of burgers in Shenzhen.
  • Tequila Coyote's Located in the lively area of Shekou, this restaurant & bar offers great variety of Mexican food and plays latino music.

Shenzhen Restaurants


For those based in Shekou, there are plenty of fantastic food and drink options. Most of which are located in Seaworld or the immediately surrounding area.


  • McCawley’sA mainstay of the Shenzhen bar scene for 14 years, the Shekou branch of the McCawley’s Irish bars is a great place to grab some classic pub grub, a pint of draught Guinness, and watch live sports.
  • Les 5 Chef’s Backstube A short distance away from the busy Seaworld is Les 5 Chef’s Backstube in Coastal Rose Garden. The restaurant offers some of the highest quality fine dining cuisine in the Shenzhen.
  • LatinaServing some of the most authentic Churrasco outside of Brazil, this Brazilian BBQ buffet is a popular spot for foreigners and Chinese alike in the Seaworld complex.



What To Do In Shenzhen

If business travelers find themselves with some free time between factory visits and client meetings, there are plenty of things to do in Shenzhen. With theme parks, arty hangouts, and large shopping centers, there is something for everyone.

Shenzhen Shekou

  • Windows Of The WorldWindows Of The World boasts more than 130 reproductions of famous landmarks from around the globe, which has seen the theme park become one of the city’s most popular tourist destination. It offers the unusual opportunity to be able to see a 108 meter tall Eiffel Tower while being stood between The Pyramids and Taj Mahal.


  • OCT Loft – is an artist hangout where travelers can come and take a break from the crowded and fast paced lifestyle of the rest of the city. With creative markets, quiet cafes, and live music in the evening, the renovated factory area is the perfect antidote after a long day of meetings or factory visits.


  • Luohu Commercial City Located right next to the Luohu border, Luohu Commerical City gives business travelers a chance to do any last minute shopping.  The five storey mall is home to hundreds of small shops selling anything from tailored suits, golf club sets, casual business wear, and sportswear.



Getting Around Shenzhen

It is fair to describe Shenzhen as a behemoth of a city and getting around can be a challenge for business travelers. Below is a guide to the different modes of transport available.


  • Subway – With 8 lines and 198 stations, Shenzhen’s subway network covers most of the city. Some of the lines take some time to travel and those unfamiliar with the changeovers might lose more time in the stations. It is important to take note that Shenzhen subway becomes dangerously overcrowded during rush hour.


  • Bus –Shenzhen boasts an extensive number of bus routes that offer a viable public transport alternative to the subway. The issue for business travelers, however, is that the bus routes and signs are not available in English.


  • Taxis –Some business travelers may be tempted to hail a taxi while they are in Shenzhen, but unless you are familiar with the city and have some grasp of the language then it is not advised. A number of taxi scams operate in China and while there is a certain art to using a Chinese taxi, the best solution for first-time business travelers is to avoid them altogether if possible.


  • Private Car - For the upmost comfort, convenience and safety while travelling in Shenzhen, book a private car. Allow the driver to pick you up exactly where you are and drop you at the doorstep of your destination. By using a professional car service, business travelers can trust they will not be cheated and will be able to talk with a driver who speaks English.



Are you coming to Shenzhen soon? Book a private car to get around Shenzhen. Travel in comfort and enjoy your stay!  



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